SHANGHAI, China - Duke University diving standouts Nick McCrory and Abby Johnston each kicked off their action at the World Championships in Shanghai, China on Sunday, which featured Johnston advancing to Tuesday's women's 1-meter final and McCrory placing fifth in the synchronized 10-meter final.
Johnston, who is a product of Upper Arlington, Ohio, scored 282.40 points to finish fourth in the women's 1-meter preliminaries. She was just .05 points behind Australia's Sharleen Stratton, while China's Wang Han and Shi Tingmao were first and second.
"I felt pretty relaxed and confident out there," said Johnston. "It was a good prelim and I feel good heading into the finals."
McCrory, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., was competing in the men's synchronized 10-meter final along with David Boudia of Purdue. The duo finished second in the morning preliminaries and were in third place after three rounds, but a miss on their back three and a half in the fifth round dropped them out of the medal picture with 420.69 points, which was fifth overall.
China's Qiu Bo and Huo Liang won the gold with 480.03 points, and Germany's Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding were second at 443.01. Ukraine's Oleksandr Bondar and Oleksandr Gorshkovozov finished with 435.36 points for the bronze.
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